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Fad or Fiction - Oct 2018

Jason Deranian - Friday, October 12, 2018

Are All Machines Created Equal? Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured fitne ..

Osteoporosis and the Benefits of Strength Training

MAC Fitness Team - Thursday, October 11, 2018

You Can Effect Bone Health with the Right Exercise What is osteoporosis? Why is it so important (especially for women) to incorporate strength training into your exercise routine? Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become brittle and fragile due to loss of tissue. This means that bones may become weak and people are mo ..

Are numbers keeping you from your goals?

MAC Fitness Team - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Going Beyond Sets and Reps When performing a strength training workout, many people emphasize and depend on counting sets and reps (repetitions). Oftentimes, we see a workout on the internet or in a magazine and think, “aha I need to do 4 sets of 20 reps to tone,” or “I need to do 3 sets of 8 reps to build strength". As h ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Oct 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Monday, October 01, 2018

Nutrient-Dense Dessert As the weather gets colder, many people find themselves craving slightly heavier foods, and foods made with comforting, warm spices. This dessert or snack bar packs a filling, satisfying, flavorful punch. It features the comforting flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and it is made with mostly whole, unpr ..

Understanding Grains

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Are Grains the Enemy? With the rise of fad diets such as the paleo diet and the ketogenic diet, which reject grains, grains have ended up with a rather bad reputation. Many people express a desire to “stop eating bread” or “cut carbs.” However, such blanket statements about an entire food group fail to take into acc ..

Fad or Fiction? - September 2018

Jason Deranian - Friday, September 07, 2018

Small-group Personal Training By Jason Deranian Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’ ..

How to Tell if You are Exercising with the Right Intensity

MAC Fitness Team - Thursday, September 06, 2018

Are You Pushing it too Far or Exercising Hard? – a closer look at exercise intensity. When exercising, do you know the difference between working hard and pushing too far? To answer this, we must first look at what makes an exercise or workout challenging: duration, intensity, and mode of exercise. Duration refers to how long you a ..

Why Rest Needs to be Part of Your Training Program

MAC Fitness Team - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Why do I need to let my body recover? Making time for muscle recovery after physical activity is an important component of a safe and efficient strength training program. To understand recovery and the need for it, let's look at what occurs to your muscles during strength training. During a strength training session, the goal sho ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Sept 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Saturday, September 01, 2018

Back-to-School Snack As life gets a little busier in the fall, staving off hunger pangs when you’re out and about can get more and more difficult. Trail mixes are a great strategy for snacking on the go. Depending on how you prepare them, they can be well-balanced in protein, carbohydrate, healthy fat, and fiber. This trail ..

The Case for Eggs

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, August 23, 2018

Can an egg a day keep the doctor away? For years, eggs have been villainized for containing high amounts of cholesterol. The common belief was that high-cholesterol foods could raise cholesterol levels in the body, making them detrimental to heart health. Two recent studies, however, have added to the growing evidence that eggs ar ..